First Picture of a Black Hole

Around 9am EDT on April 10, 2019, the first ever picture of a black hole was shown simultaneously at multiple press conferences. They were held in six different locations around the world: Washington, Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo.

There are actually two black hole photos to be shown- the one at the center of our Milky Way galaxy and a larger, supermassive one in the middle of the Messier 87 (M87) galaxy. Only one has been shown so far. The photo below is of the latter (M87).

This photo of a black hole was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope. Photograph: EHT Collaboration

This is the first time in history that any human has ever gotten to look at a black hole.

How was this picture taken? Observations from the “Event Horizon Telescope” were processed through computer analysis, taking roughly two years to complete. This “telescope” consisted of eight radio observatories located on six mountains and four continents.